You know you’re in an amazing place when there are deer grazing peacefully in the parking lot. Hurricane Ridge, on the north side of Olympic National Park, is an easy drive from Port Angeles – which means it’s crowded with tourists who come for the same reason I did: to see an outstanding 360° panorama of the Olympic mountains. At the end of the road, past the visitor’s center, a short paved trail leads to the top of Hurricane Hill, with views south to the Olympics and north across the Strait of Juan de Fuca to
Distance: 3 miles roundtrip
Elevation Gain: 650ft
Region: Olympic National Park
Information: Day Hiking Olympic Peninsula, by Craig Romano.
Notes: National Park entry fee required. Dogs prohibited. Open in summer; winter accessibility varies.